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Where to Take the Kids in Winter
The coolest season offers many opportunities for family trips, from holiday getaways to snowy mountain escapes to city breaks.
If you're looking for ideas of great seasonal destinations, check out these monthly guides:Continue to 2 of 15 below.
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Make the Most of School Breaks
Winter offers several long holiday weeks and school breaks when kids are out of school. The Christmas and New Year period and Presidents Week breaks provide great opportunities to grab some together time with your family. Choose a family-friendly resort, plan a snowy mountain escape, or head to a big city.Continue to 3 of 15 below.
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Find Pockets Where Prices Plummet
Once the holidays are over, prices plummet in many key destinations. Taking advantage of fewer crowds and lower hotel rates is a win-win for families looking for an affordable winter getaway.Continue to 4 of 15 below.
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Head for the Slopes
Nobody said skiing was cheap, but there are easy ways to make a family getaway to the mountains more affordable. Here are top kid-friendly ski resorts and many ways to save.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Get Your Winter Olympics On
You don't need to be a world-class athlete to try an Olympic sport. Head to one of the former host cities--Lake Placid, Salt Lake City, Squaw Valley, Calgary, or Whistler--and give a new activity a try. Olympic parks offer the chance to take a ride on a bobsled, luge, or skeleton, go skating or skiing, or even test your biathlon skills.Continue to 6 of 15 below.
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Visit a National Park
Perhaps the best-kept secret about national parks is that they are terrific places to visit year-round. During the winter, your family can take advantage of free ranger-led tours, junior ranger activities, and wildlife learning without the heat and the crowds.Continue to 7 of 15 below.
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Feast Your Eyes on the Northern Lights
No need to visit Iceland to see the Northern Lights. Stay right here in the U.S. of A., where some of the most amazing aurora borealis sightings happen in the Great Lakes region.Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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Set Your GPS for the Lone Star State
Looking for a warm-weather winter destination that's both cheap and easy to get to? WalletHub looked at 69 of the largest U.S. metro areas and analyzed 26 key metrics ranging from the cost of airfare to the number of attractions. The goal was to identify destinations with the winning combination of lowest travel costs and fewest hassles. The result? Four of the top five top warm-weather destinations were in Texas.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Introduce Your Kids to an Alaskan Winter
Alaska may not be the first place you think of for a winter getaway, but Alaska-based family travel expert Erin Kirkland says there's a lot of kid-friendly fun to be had during the coldest months.Continue to 10 of 15 below.
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Mush! Take the Kids Dog Sledding
Love dogs? Love winter? Dog sledding is a fun and family-friendly adventure that combines the two. You don't need to be an expert on the Iditarod to enjoy a sled ride over snowy terrain powered by a team of dogs. There are plenty of places to go for a spin on the snow and maybe even learn a few dog-driving skills.Continue to 11 of 15 below.
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Make a Splash in an Indoor Water Park
No matter the weather, every day's a pool day at an indoor water park. Here are the best in every region of the United States.Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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Take the Kids Ice Skating
Lacing up skates for a smooth glide around an ice rink is a quintessential winter pasttime. Here's a roundup of the best places to skate in some of North America's major destinations.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Save Big at Florida's South Seas Island Resort
Take advantage of Winter Getaway rates at the fabulous South Seas Island Resort on Florida's Captiva Island and you'll snag low rates, a $25 daily resort credit, and a super kids-eat-free deal. Available through April 30, 2016.Continue to 14 of 15 below.
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Soak up Sunny SoCal
Save up to 20 percent when you book the Winter Escape package at West Inn & Suites in sunny Carlsbad, California. Available through February 28, 2016. Blackout dates apply.Continue to 15 of 15 below.
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Unwind on Hilton Head Island
Spend some time this winter at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island and you'll rack up a bevy of savings with the Winter Escape Special: 15 percent off accommodations, 20 percent off bike and kayak rentals, 15 percent off greens fees, free tennis court time, and more. Available through March 13, 2016.